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Melon Cocktail

Categories: Entertaining, Fourth of July, Low-calorie, Low-fat, Quick to fix
Type: Breakfast

This colorful dish can be made with any melon, cut with a melon baller for a formal event or into cubes for a casual snack

Prep Time: 15M, plus chilling

Serves: makes 4 servings


  • about 1 1/3 lb ( 600g) watermelon
  • about 1 1/3 lb ( 600g) cantaloupe
  • about 1 1/3 lb ( 600g) honeydew
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped mint, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 tbsp honey
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  1. Using a melon baller, scoop balls of each melon, or cut the fruit into 1in (2cm) cubes. Place the fruit in a large bowl. Add the chopped mint and honey and toss gently.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow the melon to absorb the honey and mint flavors.
  3. When ready to serve, spoon the melon and any juices into individual serving dishes. Garnish each serving with mint.
  • Prepare ahead: The fruit can be prepared up to 4 hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve.
  • Good with a rich meal as a light palate-cleansing dessert, or as a refreshing starter.


Exotic Fruit Cocktail: Use one kind of melon and add any variation of cut fruit, such as star fruit, pineapple, kiwi, mango, blueberries, and strawberries.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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